United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

The United Arab Emirates Armed Forces (Arabic: القوات المسلحة لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة, romanized: Al-Quwwāt al-Musallaḥa li-Dawlat al-ʾImārāt al-ʿArabīyyah al-Muttaḥidah) are the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates. The armed forces have been deployed in military and humanitarian missions. Owing to their "active and effective military role despite their small personnel", the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces have been nicknamed "Little Sparta" by United States Armed Forces General and former US defense secretary James Mattis.[3]

United Arab Emirates Armed Forces
القوات المسلحة لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة
Founded1976; 46 years ago (1976)
Service branches United Arab Emirates Air Force
United Arab Emirates Army
United Arab Emirates Border Guard
United Arab Emirates Coast Guard
United Arab Emirates Navy
United Arab Emirates Presidential Guard
United Arab Emirates Special Forces
WebsiteMinistry of Defence
Commander-in-ChiefMohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Chief of StaffLieutenant General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi[1]
Military age18 years
Active personnel65,000[2]
Reserve personnel90,000
BudgetUS$22.755 billion (2014)
Percent of GDP5.6%
Domestic suppliersEDGE Group PJSC

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